Assassins Creed Odyssey (PS4)
- Pre-order to get an additional mission: The blind King. Meet a mysterious traveller that will prove to be much more than he appears as his past is revealed
- Become a legendary Greek hero - In a first for the Assassin's Creed franchise, you can choose which hero to embody throughout this epic journey, Alexios or Kassandra
- Choose your own path - Your decisions shape the world around you with over 30 hours of choice dialogue and multiple game endings
- Fight epic battles - Demonstrate your extraordinary warrior abilities and shift the tides of battle during the Peloponnesian War
- Sail across the Aegean sea - Find uncharted locations, uncover hidden treasures or cleave your way through entire fleets in naval battles
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Overall, the game is a solid entry in the AC franchise, and there is a lot of lore and world building that's super fun to unlock. The additional stuff about Isu, Greek mythology, and Atlantis were extremely extremely cool, and I can't wait to see what consequences the big lore reveals have for the upcoming Valhalla release. The gameplay and combat system remain pretty on track with Origins - I know that some of the abilities on the skill tree have drawn complaints for being more "hacks" around challenges than skills, but honestly I'm more for having fun than having my blood pressure spike, so the skills that eliminate fall damage and let me shoot arrows through walls were pretty nice. The voice acting by the woman who plays Kassandra is incredible, and even the most grouchy players (ie: me) have to admit that the sheer vastness of the open world is jaw droppingly impressive at times. And the environmental graphics are just stunning - the development team deserves every accolade possible just for how lovingly rendered the sunbeams and wildflower fields are. The customization options are great, and the mercenary system is a super unique take on the "notorious" type issue from prior franchise games.
My main objection to this game is that it perfectly shows the lesson that there can be too much of a good thing. This game is, simply put, ridiculously long. It genuinely felt like the ubisoft team was trying to pack four different types of games into one. The main questline which feels similar to other AC games except for the fact that instead of a hidden blade you have some sort of half spear thing. Oh, but wait! After that questline is ended, you can finish hunting down the 50-odd members of the cult of Kosmos. You could become a war hero for either Sparta or Athens, and spend literally dozens of hours creating political instability and then fighting conquering battles for one or both of the nations. Here's a heavy sea component, where you can spend days sailing on the Aegean hunting pirates. Bored of those? Every city has a list of regional side quests that take the form of mercenary contracts. Oh, spend time becoming the top mercenary of Greece. Feel like you're bored of political intrigue? Here's an entirely separate questline where you lock away Atlantis by hunting down four huge mythical creatures, each of which require anywhere from 3-7 side quests just to unlock the boss battle. Oh, want to have more myths? There's a secret mini questline where you go through each part of the greek underworld (I mean okay this part was cool but at this point I was 50 hours deep and very overwhelmed) And if ALLL of this doesn't suit your fancy, here are two very long DLCs, each of which take about 30 hours to complete. And don't forget to hunt animals, and rob bandit camps, and explore caves, and find hidden treasure!!!!
At around 70 hours in, with the main questline entirely complete and a HEFTY chunk of side quests done, I saw that I still had around 100 hours of gameplay content left and simply gave up. It feels like I was given four different games to play, which rather than impressing me, makes me feel irritated that they didnt put that budgeting towards the main quest, which despite great voice acting has bland and predictable plot and a horrifically rushed ending. And as much as the environmental graphics are good, the character design is bad. I mean, laughably bad. I've never seen a game which made it so obvious that for each region they made a single NPC design and just copy and pasted it into different outfits. At one point, I was audibly laughing during the olympics chapter of the questline, when the same female athlete NPC was the star of five different side quests in the town. Every design of virtually every character outside of the main one is appallingly lazy.
Overall: Fun enough game, pretty good gameplay, but way way too much to do. If they had focused their budgeting more on the main quest-line, I suspect we would have had a much better, more succinct game
You do get the option to play as a Male or female character and the story lines are different depending on options you chose.
For instance I was able to save everyone in my family whereas my fiance wasnt.
It has amazing graphics and the option to buy different mounts and gear if you want. But you can easily use the in game purchases to beat the game without spending anymore USD.
Overall I have to say again that this is hands down my favorite one.
There is one complaint I have: the game isn't optimized for the PS4 Pro. The loading screens are frequent and take a long time. Also, the inventory/menu navigation uses a cursor to select options, which is very slow to navigate with a joystick, difficult to use with the touch-pad, and makes it hard to manage character traits and preferences.
This game would be much better on a PC (if you have a decent gaming PC), but overall, I would definitely recommend this game!